Whakatane River Walk, Whakatane

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Explore scenic Whakatane with Whakatane River Walk, which connects the town's major historical and scenic features along the river's edge, all the way to where the river meets the sea. The easy path takes you past gardens, a skate park, a playground, and a visitor information center right to The Heads, opening out to the Bay of Plenty. Check out the old wharf and estuary, the row of restaurants, and Mataatua Reserve. You'll also pass a hub for big game fishing, a weigh station frequented by tuna, billfish, and shark fishermen. Additional Maori cultural pieces along the way include a bronze statue of Wairaka and Muriwai's cave. Locals and tourists alike frequent this walkway, drawn by and contributing to its exuberant atmosphere. Plan to visit Whakatane River Walk during your Whakatane vacation using our convenient Whakatane vacation trip planner.
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  • This is a great walk either with friends or on your own. Takes about an hour to do the whole walk from the Whakatane bridge, down to the Heads and back to the bridge. Lovely scenery along the way and ...  more »
  • The river walk is a very pleasant way to go to and from town. It is on a built up bank so you get a good view across the river.  more »
  • As the river is in flood, not so good today, but one can imagine how good it is, well planned and easy walking.  more »